Internet Search for Midwifery Fellowship Programs

P. Mimi Niles, Ronald Hunt

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Abstract

Introduction: The purpose of this study was to identify existing US midwifery fellowships and their key attributes. Methods: The study team adapted an internet-search methodology that was recently used to identify nurse practitioner fellowships and residencies and identified 1) search terms likely to locate websites describing or promoting midwifery fellowship or residency programs and 2) program attributes likely to be outlined in the websites. Two investigators conducted full, independent Google searches and then reconciled minor differences in terminology and findings via teleconference and simultaneous reviews of websites. Results: Eight programs were identified that had sufficient information on a website to clearly establish them as midwifery fellowship programs. No programs used the term residency. The fellowship programs tended to be located in the western United States and predominantly focused on newly graduated certified nurse-midwives. Four programs were operated by university units, with the clinical experience located in the hospital. Four programs were operated by birth centers, with the clinical experience obtained in a combination of birth center, home, and/or hospital setting. Typical program lengths varied but were reported to be about 12 months. Discussion: This study offers baseline information on the current midwifery fellowship offerings available via public internet search. This study also identifies key attributes of fellowships that may be helpful to stakeholders as they consider the role of fellowships for midwifery graduates and any need for accountability, such as accreditation review, among the programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)678-681
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Midwifery and Women's Health
Volume63
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • midwifery accreditation
  • midwifery education
  • midwifery fellowship

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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